In this response from the August 2013 issue, Dr. Know tracks down a popular (if oddly named) local establishment.
I’m trying to find the location of a restaurant and/or bar in Mt. Adams popular around 1968–’69. The name of the place was A Fly Can’t Bird But a Bird Can Fly. Does the Doctor remember it? Or who owned it? —NostalgicDear Nostalgic:Because the Doctor Was Out during 1968–’69, he had to turn to a chum who was In. The Doctor assures his readers that he was not Out in the expected sense of the late years of that remarkable decade. No, while his classmates and friends were busy exploring hitherto unknown capabilities of their dopamine receptors, the Doctor, taking a break from his studies in omniscience, was bobbing around in the Gulf of Tonkin on a beautiful but obsolete Fletcher class destroyer, saving democracy from what looked very much like small fishing boats. So he missed the last moments of Mt. Adams as a cheap, affable bar scene just before the neighborhood turned into a safe place to garage one’s Mercedes.
However, the Doctor’s chum, rock concert promoter turned historic restaurateur turned politician turned vice mayor turned municipal sage Jim Tarbell was very much present in Cincinnati during the period in question and was able to pinpoint your lost bar—known to its habitués as The Bird—as being on St. Gregory Street a few doors from Pavilion. Steve Numoff (a sweetheart, according to Mr. Tarbell) owned the modest establishment, which was something of a cross between a bar and a deli. It was, by all accounts, a pleasant place, where one former patron remembers sharing a bottle of blindingly sweet apple wine with the actress Patty Duke. Simpler times.
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